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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev defense seeks trial in September 2015, at earliest

Defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say they want him to go to trial in September 2015, at the earliest.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a joint status report today in US District Court in Boston.

The report did not detail when prosecutors want to go to trial. Prosecutors and defense attorneys differed on a number of pretrial filing deadlines, though, with prosecutors generally asking for dates as much as six months earlier than the defense.

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Prosecutors also revealed in the filing that they expect the trial to last about 12 weeks and, if Tsarnaev is convicted, a sentencing hearing lasting about six weeks.

The report also noted that the defense had not yet had the chance to review “numerous additional items of physical evidence, including nearly 2,000 items that reportedly are still being analyzed by the FBI and items kept at additional locations.”

Tsarnaev, 20, who is being held at a federal prison at the former Fort Devens, faces charges that could bring him the death penalty in the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, who also allegedly participated in the bombings, are also accused of killing an MIT police officer as they tried to escape the area. The older brother was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown hours later.

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